Created on Friday, 22 May 2009 15:30

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391

National Beef Recall Includes Products Sold In Indiana

The Marion County Health Department, the Indiana State department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have confirmed that Valley Meats is recalling approximately 95,898 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Products linked to the recall have been sold in Indiana.

Each product bears the establishment number “EST. 5712” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The (2-1), (3-1), (4-1), (5-1) and (6-1) markings refer to the number of portions per one-pound.

These ground beef products were produced on March 10, 2009, and were distributed to various consignees nationwide.

The problem was discovered through an epidemiological investigation of illnesses. On May 13, 2009, FSIS was informed by the Ohio Department of Health of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections. Illnesses have been reported in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Among precautionary steps consumers should take: